Heat, dust storms ravage Madhya Pradesh
At least five people died and more than a dozen were injured in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh late on Tuesday after a severe dust storm coupled with lightning swept through the district.
The following day, Wednesday, saw the extreme heat conditions return, especially in the Malwa-Nimad region where hot north-westerly winds blew in from the Rajasthan-Gujarat border.
In Indore, winds blew at a speed of 44km per hour and the searing heat forced most of the city indoors.
The city recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius which was two degrees above normal.
On Tuesday night, high velocity winds of 50-55 km/hour saw many houses collapse in Bhind district.
Most of the casualties, caused either in wall collapse or from lightning, were of children.
“A trough line active in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar lead to clouding in the northern part of the state specifically in Morena, Bhind, Datia, Gwalior, Tikamgarh, Chattarpur, Satna and Rewa district which led to thundery clouds and dust storm in that area.
However, due to less moisture supply light rains occurred in few parts”, said director of regional meteorological centre, Bhopal, Anupam Kashyapi.
According to officials of the Madhya Pradesh Central Region Power Distribution Company, around 640 electricity poles and eight towers were uprooted in Bhind district due to dust storm.
“It will take at least one week in normalising the power supply of the district. Several electricity polls and towers were uprooted due to the storm which occurred on Tuesday night. The storm has also caused loss of Rs 5 to 6 crores”, said Pramod Sahay Saxena of Madhya Pradesh Central Region Power Distribution Company.
In another incident a bus carrying baraat (marriage party) turned turtle in Mohna village in Gwalior district because of the storm, killing three of the occupants.
The storms and overcast conditions slightly brought down temperatures, with Bhopal seeing a dip from 45.0 degrees Celsius to 43.9 degree Celsius.
Highest temperature in the state was recorded in Hoshangabad district of the state with 45.8 degree celsius followed by Khargone- 45.6 degree, Shajapur-45.1, Ujjain- 44.2, Ratlam-44, Khandwa-44.1 degree Celsius.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.